Main Dishes

Healthy Lemon Herb Baked Zucchini

Prep

10 mins

Cook

20 mins

Yield

3-4

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

I don’t remember when or why cooking decided to become complicated. What happened to the days of enjoying a lovely piece of fresh organic tomato, with salt, a bit of EVOO, on a good wholesome slice of homemade bread? This healthy recipe for baked zucchini brings the simple, but good, back into cooking.

What did we become so afraid of? I think by creating simple dishes like this baked zucchini dish, we allow ourselves to become more connected with the foods we eat, and simply eating less complicated dishes is the first step to better understanding what we are putting into our bodies. When you can finally appreciate all those food flavours you’ve regained an appreciation for each seasonal vegetable and fruit.

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

What I love about this recipe is that it can be made as healthy, fresh side and goes well with so many things. It’s great in the summer, or the fall when squash season is here, and you’ll be able to whip it up super quick. Zucchini is super versatile vegetables and I love to use them in a lot of my recipes. You can use them in pasta dishes, casseroles, stuff them, you can even make baking out of them. Plus, they’re loaded with healthy benefits.

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

Why this baked zucchini recipe is so healthy

First off, zucchini contains zero fat. Yep, you heard me correctly. It’s super high in water and fibre and contains so many other good things for your body like:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Minerals like potassium and manganese

This delicious squash also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Making baked zucchini side dish the star of the show. Some of the other lovely benefits of zucchini are:

  • Helps improve digestion
  • Slows down ageing
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Supports a healthy heart
  • Improves eye health
  • Boosts energy
  • Helps aid in healthy weight loss
  • Improves thyroid functions

Tasty baked zucchini

Tasty baked zucchini

…. you get it, these beautiful vegetables are full of everything your body is craving! To get inspired, I’ve also linked some of my other fav zucchini recipes below for you. Enjoy!

Loaded Zucchini & Quinoa Salad with Prunes

Zucchini & Butternut Squash Casserole

Plant-Based Greek Moussaka

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The Simply Perfect Courgette Side

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Description

This super easy recipe makes for the perfect side. Just throw it in the oven, and this yummy baked zucchini recipe is ready to wow your guests quick!


Ingredients

  • 3 large courgettes, sliced in a food processor
  • 1 large clove garlic, pressed or thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425F

Line a baking tray with parchment paper, and coat with some olive oil.

Into a bowl add all your ingredients.  Stir till well combined and evenly coated.

Bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes. Enjoy as a side dish.  It is great for meal prep!

Bob

What on God’s earth is EVOO

Hey Bob! It’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Have a great day!

John

Absolutely delicious. I had a courgette that was starting to languish in the fridge, I looked up “simple courgette recipe” (because people who call them ‘zucchini’ are less international! (-; ), found this, and voila, an amazing outcome. Highly recommended.

Brittany

I love zucchini, and this is a super easy and delicious way to make them! I have never used thyme to cook with zucchini, but it is a total treat in this recipe. A very uplifting taste profile, could eat it every single day.

So happy to hear this Brittany! Thanks so much for the love beautiful!

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